Foreword: 2019 International Collaborative Writing Groups (ICWGs)
Collaborative research and writing across disciplines and institutions happens frequently in discipline-based research. However, opportunities for cross-collaborative scholarship in teaching and learning is limited in comparison (Kahn et al., 2013; MacKenzie and Myers, 2012). Yet the value of larger scale, team-based approaches to scholarly writing is well recognised in building networks and in providing a deeper understanding of a topic as informed by multi-disciplinary and/or international perspectives (Marquis et al., 2014; 2015; Matthews et al., 2017). It is for these reasons that the International Collaborative Writing Groups (ICWG) program that crystallises around the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) conference is so valuable. ICWGs bring together academics, professional staff, and students to co-author learning and teaching articles on topics of shared interest. The aims are two-fold: 1) to build capacity of participants to work and write with international collaborators, and 2) to contribute meaningful and topical perspectives to the SoTL literature.
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